Inauguration of the permanent location of the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame

After delays due to COVID-19, the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame Committee, the City of Lethbridge and the Lethbridge Public Art Committee are pleased to announce that the Hall of Fame’s permanent location at ATB Center is now open.

“After 37 years, the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame is thrilled to finally have a permanent home where we can honor our inductees and celebrate our city’s rich sporting history with the community,” said Dave McMurray, President of the Hall of Fair. He is also looking forward to the first annual banquet and induction ceremonies since the pandemic began on May 6.

In 1984, the City of Lethbridge Centennial Committee asked a group of sports fans to think of a way to honor sport through centennial activities. This committee developed the idea of ​​a Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame that would honor those who have contributed to the sport over the years in Lethbridge.

Forms of recognition for inductees would be a plaque and pin which would be presented annually at a banquet held on the last Saturday in April. A portable screen would be purchased to display photographs and biographical information on each inductee. The exhibits were first shown for six to eight weeks each year at the Galt Museum, as well as other locations around the city.

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After many years of work to establish a permanent site, Lethbridge City Council voted in 2014 to include a permanent site for the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame in the new West Side Recreation Centre, now known as the ATB center name.

“Lethbridge City Council is thrilled that this permanent space is finally open for our community to see and celebrate,” said Mayor Blaine Hyggen. “For a city our size, we have certainly produced an incredible number of incredible athletes, coaches, builders and Olympians. We have also created a wonderful legacy by hosting many world-class events here in Lethbridge. Sports and sporting events have the power to bring people and cultures together and this local commemoration is great to see.

The City’s Public Art Program worked with the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame Committee to realize this new permanent home.

The permanent site is located on two levels of the ATB Center between the skating rinks and the YMCA. The lower tier is where banners are displayed for the current Hall of Fame class and current Kinsmen Sportsmen of the Year. Located in front of the banners is a member touch database.

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The upper level features display cases that currently contain items from past major sporting events hosted by Lethbridge, memorabilia related to the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame, and images of early sports in Lethbridge. Additionally, on the upper level, there will be a video display of all inductees and members.

The room also has a new website at https://www.lethbridgesportshalloffame.ca/. The is equipped with a searchable database.

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